Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963 – 1967
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
May 29 – August 11, 2018
During the height of the 1960’s American Civil Rights Movement, a group of New York based art activists and collectors who were committed to the idea of public access to the visual arts decided to engage Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The idea was not only to have art on the campus and use art as a teaching tool for students at college, but to engage the greater community by establishing an art center in the heart of Mississippi. In 1963, the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees approved the Art Committee for Tougaloo College, headed by art critic Dore Ashton. Between 1963 until late 1967, works of art were sent to the college. Joan Miro, Fritz Bultman, Robert Motherwell and Hans Hofmann are among many of the artists who represent the early shipment of works to the college and are represented in this exhibition, Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963-1967, organized Turry M. Flucker, a graduate of Tougaloo College.
Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal
IP Casino Resort & Spa Exhibitions Gallery
June 12 – August 18, 2018
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, “Cajun Country,” George Rodrigue (1944-2013) preserved on his canvas what he feared was his dying heritage — including its land, people, traditions and mythology. It was a Cajun legend, the loupgarou, that spawned his most famous series, The Blue Dog. Throughout, Rodrigue considered himself aligned with Surrealism, Pop, and Abstract Art—associations that are increasingly obvious in his late works. The artist’s tremendous output, even during his illness, demonstrates his interest in bold colors, abstract shapes, large scale, and non-traditional materials. Drawn exclusively from the Rodrigue Archives and the artist’s private collection, Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal features twenty-five contemporary and rarely seen works of art created during the last decade of his life. Also included is his first painting without reference to the Louisiana landscape, a striking and pivotal work from 1991 that marked the beginning of the artist’s Blue Dog Series. Finally, selections from Swamp Dogs and Hollywood Stars combine Rodrigue’s love of reflective metal surfaces with painting, photography, and modern technology.
“If you try to paint to please a public or a critic, you’ll never create anything lasting, anything new, or anything purely your own.” –G.R.